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U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C.


NHTSA 31-04
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Contact: Ellen Martin
Telephone: (202) 366-9550

NHTSA Seeks Comment on Strategies for Improving
Traffic Safety Data Nationwide

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on a report on the agency's high-priority quest to help upgrade America's traffic safety data collection systems.

The report is the result of an in-depth examination of data-collection issues by a team of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, in consultation with local, state and national traffic safety data experts.

The new report proposes initiatives to help reduce the incidence of death and injury on the country's roadways by increasing the flow of timely, accurate, uniform, complete and accessible traffic safety data. It is the last in a series of five NHTSA Integrated Project Team (IPT) reports. Other teams addressed rollover mitigation, vehicle compatibility, safety belt use, and impaired driving.

The new report, titled "Initiatives to Address Improving Traffic Safety Data," has been posted on the NHTSA website at The public may comment on the report's proposals through DOT's docket management system at

The docket number for the new report is NHTSA-2004-17339. Written comments may be submitted to the Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, PL 401, 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Comments may also be submitted to the docket electronically at

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